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Friday 1 August 2014

The cars they have lined up for the midsummer spending spree

In his comprehensive report, Motoring Editor Eddie Cunningham runs the rule over all the new entries, revised models and likely arrivals for the 142-reg

Published 25/06/2014|02:30

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Audi TT concept car
Alfa Romeo 4C
Volkswagen - always busy with updates and new models.

It is surprising how many cars are not strategically timed and slotted for the July sales.

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As you will see, most auto-makers have something new or fresh for the anticipated surge in buying next month.

Here's an outline of what's happening.

ALFA

They are bringing in revised MiTo and Giulietta ranges. The MiTo has higher specs, a 20bhp boost to the 105bhp TwinAir engine (also a 1.3 JTDm 95bhp).

The Giulietta gets a smattering of new technology and engines (1.4 TB 120hp, 1.4 TB 170hp manual/TCT), 1.6 JTDM2 105hp, 2.0 JTDM2 150, 2.0 JTDM2 175 – TCT only. Pricing and full details for both cars will be announced nearer the launch.

But the most exciting news is that the Alfa Romeo 4C two-seater coupe arrives early next month. There is some anticipatory salivation about this with its aluminium 1,750cc 240bhp turbocharged petrol capable of 0-100kmh in 4.5 seconds.

AUDI

Their new S1 has just arrived and costs from €36,370 ex-works. This has a crackling 231bhp 2.0TFSI petrol engine. Equipment includes quattro four-wheel drive, the marque's drive select, leather/cloth sports seats, Bluetooth, concert radio and light/rain sensor.

The revised A7/S7 arrives in September and while prices have not yet been announced they should be close to the current ones. The 3.0TDI (218bhp or 272bhp) will be the sellers.

The brand's first plug-in electric hybrid, the A3 e-tron, arrives in November. It has a 1.4TFSI engine and electric motor which combine to produce a total of 204bhp and a range of 950km. Final price and equipment details later on in the year.

The new TT Coupe gets here in October and will initially have a 2.0TDI Ultra 190bhp engine (110g/km) and a 2.0TFI (230bhp) in manual and quattro S-Tronic.

Again no strong indication on price or spec.

An open-top version of the TT will debut at the Paris motor show in October.

BMW

Busy as ever they have a long line of models here or on the way. The 2-Series Active Tourer gets here on September 27 to be exact.

This is the first front-wheel drive from BMW.

The 4-series Gran Coupé just arrived a few days ago. Watch out for this. It's a 5dr hatch that looks like a coupe and works like a saloon. Prices start at €46,030 OTR (includes delivery and related charges) for the 420i SE.

It won't sell too many but the new BMW i8 supercar is the one that will probably cause the biggest stir when it gets here next month. I understand at least one Irish person has ordered one with a couple more in the pipeline. It costs from €136,430 OTR. The price includes a SEAI grant of €5,000 and VRT relief of €2,500. The main power comes from a beefed-up Mini engine, a 228bhp/236lb ft, 1.5-litre, turbo three-cylinder which drives the rear wheels through a 6spd automatic box.

There is a 220lb, 7.1kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a 129bhp/184lb ft AC electric motor driving the front wheels through a two-speed transmission.

The M4 Convertible thunders in on September 6 with a starting price of €108,300 OTR. This is all about performance.

They have revised the X3 sports activity vehicle and it is a June arrival with a starting price of €46,680 OTR for the sDrive 18d version.

The X4 is a strange looking motor but a lot more effective than it appears. It is due here on July 12 with a starting price of €57,720 (OTR) for the xDrive 420d SE version.

Their new M3 Saloon and M4 Coupé join others in timing their arrival perfectly for the July registration period (they got here on June 21). The M3 saloon price starts at €100,050 OTR with the M4 Coupé costing a little more at €100,890. And the new X6 will be here by December.

CITROEN

Their new C1 city car (it shares the same platform with the new Toyota Aygo and Peugeot 108) arrives next month.

Also next month we will see the Relay van. Prices start at €25,045.

But the major news is the October arrival of the C4 Cactus which marks quite a dramatic shift for the French maker. It has air bumps on the wheel arches, flanks and rear hatch to reduce the cost of repairing damage to those areas. This is going to make people sit up. Price will be critical but we have no real indication yet.

They have revised the DS5 Blue Hdi 180 which has just arrived with a starting price of €39,795. It's a cleaner engine that gets 20bhp more and combines with the 6spd automatic gearbox. Emissions are just 118g/km.

The most important change is the new suspension system.

There is a DS3 Benefit special edition too which costs from €20,395.

DACIA

Their Duster commercial has recently gone on sale here. It is, as the name implies, based on the same spec as the family crossover that has done so well since arriving here some time back.

Price, excluding VAT, starts at €13,800.

FIAT

Their Panda Cross should be here by the autumn, as should the new Ducato van. The 500X is scheduled to get here early next year.

FORD

Their small crossover, the EcoSport, is just here. It has a 1-litre EcoBoost petrol and 1.5 litre TDCi diesel. Prices start from €23,995 ex-works.

The revised Focus arrives in November. Among its new engines will be the 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol (it will be the first to have that). It will also be first to have the new 1.5-litre TDCi diesel – that will be interesting. Prices start from €19,645 ex-works.

The new Mondeo is scheduled to get here in November. Effectively it is going to be a 151-reg car. It will have, for the first time, a 2-litre EcoBoost petrol and 2-litre TDCi diesel. They have no price details yet but I'm told it will not be far off the current model (from €23,950).

HONDA

The Civic Tourer didn't arrive in time for 141 really, so the 142-reg is a big juncture for it as numbers are just beginning to come through now. The core attraction is the 1.6 i-DTEC with 99g/km and a claimed 74mpg (there is 1.8 i-VTEC petrol). It costs from €25,695.

There have been a few touches to spruce up the Civic hatch as well as equipment upgrades to match Tourer but price is still from €21,895.

The CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC has been a big hit – to such an extent their allocation sold out. Now with a better supply they'll be looking to get far greater numbers out there.

It costs from €31,995 (€200 road tax).

Facelifted Civic for Paris motor show in October.

HYUNDAI

Main news from them is a better supply of their excellent Santa Fe.

They tell me they have plenty of seven-seaters as well.

A new i20 is due late in the year or early next for the 2015 market.

JAGUAR

They have their XE lined up for the Paris Motor Show to reveal what the latest challenger to the BMW 3-series is going to be like.

JEEP

The new Cherokee gets here in the autumn and will have engines that include a 2.0 JTDm 140hp (2X4 and 4X4, manual only) and 170hp (4X4 9-speed transmission) (139g - 154g CO2) and there will be three trim levels: Longitude, Longitude Plus, Limited. They tell me they will be revealing prices in July.

Don't expect the new Renegade until early next year.

KIA

They have a new Sorento early next year but have no new arrivals until then. Their new Soul crossover arrived last month.

LAND ROVER

All the talk is about the new Discovery 'family'.

The first will be the replacement early next year for the current five-seat Freelander. It is going to be called the Discovery Sport.

Based on the Range Rover Evoque platform, it will also come as a seven-seat Freelander replacement.

After that there will be a muscular seven-seat off-roader to rival Toyota's Land Cruiser.

And the luxury Discovery, the real replacement for the current model, will have an all-aluminium structure like the ones in the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport.

LEXUS

Their big news is the NX, the first mid-size SUV segment. The NX300h has a 2.5-litre hybrid power train with emissions below 120g (road tax starts at €200). Due here in October, you can expect the price to start under the €45,000 mark.

And in November we'll see the RC-F coupe. This has a 5-litre V8 petrol. No idea on price or spec yet.

MAZDA

They are looking forward to their new '2' for next year really. If it is anything remotely like its concept precursor at Geneva it will be one of the outstanding looking cars of next year.

MERCEDES

We'll see a C-Class estate before the end of the year. Engines will include a diesel C180 BlueTEC, C200 BlueTEC, C220 BlueTEC, C250 BlueTEC and C300 BlueTEC hybrid. And petrols will include a C180, C200, C250, C350 hybrid (next March and C63 AMG (in December). Standard equipment will include reversing camera, Bluetooth, air con, 17ins alloys, rain sensor, USB connection, Stop/Start, Active Bonnet, Collision Prevention Assist, Attention Assist, audio streaming, audio system with new touch pad.

Watch out for the new S63 (585bhp)/S65 (630bhp) AMG Coupe in the last quarter of the year. The coupe is a stunning car. These engines will make it one of the world's best.

There will be a new AMG two-door roadster in the last quarter. It will have a petrol AMG GT with a choice of 463bhp or 490bhp versions from the 4-litre, V8, twin-turbo to rivals the Audi R8 4.2 and Porsche 911S.

The CLS 4dr coupe gets a facelift and arrives by the end of the third quarter. Diesels include a CLS 220 BlueTEC (this is new), the 250 BlueTEC and 350 BlueTEC. Petrols include a 350, 400, 500 and 63 AMG. Spec will be the same as the current model.

There will be an electric B-Class before the end of the year with a total power output of 177bhp. It will have a range of around 135kms and will be front-wheel-drive. Spec will be the same as the current B-Class.

Mercedes has facelifted the CLS and CLS Shooting Brake

MINI

They will have the new 5dr hatch ready by September (and a new 2-litre diesel engine to go with the others already in the 3dr hatch) but meantime bring in their Countryman and Paceman updates quite soon.

MITSUBISHI

Their new Outlander PHEV – plug-in electric vehicle – has just gone on sale from €41,950. It is an interesting prospect, coming in quite close in price to the equivalent diesel.

They say you will get more than 800km between the 52km electric-drive and the 2-litre petrol engine that backs up the electric motors that drive the front and rear (giving you permanent 4WD). One to watch.

NISSAN

They have had a busy 2013 and 2014 is no different.

The new X-Trail – which I drove abroad and reviewed for you here – arrives in early July. This is less boxy than the old one and looks a bit like a grown-up Qashqai. Instead of the old 2-litre diesel they have a particularly good new 1.6-litre. There are 2WD and 4WD options; there equipment levels (XE, SV, and SVE).

Equipment levels are high and include: cruise control, Bluetooth, 17ins alloys, daytime running lights.

The starting price is €29,950 and ranges to just above the €40,000 mark.

They will have a revised Juke here next month too (re-styled front and back; 40pc more boot space etc). Watch out for the new 1.2-litre petrol (the same as in the Qashqai). It's a cracking little motor. There is of course the 1.5-litre diesel and a 1.6-litre petrol.

And they get back to the small-family sector with the new Pulsar 5dr hatchback in September. There is no saloon. It will have a 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel. Price? They say – they would – it will be 'competitive'.

The electric van, the e-NV200, is pencilled in for October but they have no Irish pricing or spec details as of now.

It has the same technology and underpinnings as the LEAF family car.

OPEL

The new Corsa is a December arrival and before that they'll have their mini-crossover the ADAM Rocks. It is the first to have the brand's new 1-litre direct injection turbo petrol. There will be a new Vivaro van from September.

PEUGEOT

They have a few important arrivals this summer.

There is the new 108 city car (3dr, 5dr hatchback, convertible) which allows you to personalise it big time (themes, trims, ambiances, colours etc).

There is a 1-litre 68bhp petrol (88g/km), their new 1.2 PureTech 82bhp petrol (from 99g/km). It gets here next month.

The 308 SW estate gets here in July as well. Engines include the new BlueHDi 1.6 litre 120bhp version which, with a 6spd manual gearbox, has a claimed fuel consumption of just 3.2 l/100km and emissions of 85g/km.

And the new Boxer van arrives this summer.

It has been redesigned and upgraded as well as getting new 2.2 HDi engines. Prices and specifications nearer July introduction.

They have new engines and looks for their 508.

PORSCHE

The Cayman GTS and Boxster GTS are due next month and the 911 Targa is due in September.

RENAULT

Renault built their Zoe as an electric car from scratch.

It is just in a few weeks and prices start from €17,490 ex-works.

The Captur Signature Collection version will be here by the end of September.

While it will have the same engines as the existing model, spec levels and price will be different but it will have the R-Link multimedia system, tinted rear windows, red interior customisation, rear parking sensors, 17ins black alloys and Extended Grip.

The Master van – Business and Business+ versions – is due here in August. Renault say it has new engines and technologies.

Under the bonnet is a range of 2.3 dCi engines (from 110bhp to 165bhp – up from 100bhp to 150hp.

There will be a new Trafic too which, they say, has the comfort and driving position of a passenger MPV. It has two engines and four engines (dCi 90, dCi 115, Energy dCi 120 Twin Turbo, Energy dCi 140 Twin Turbo). here will be a reversing camera, 'wide-view' mirror, Hill Start Assist and Grip Xtend.

SEAT

The SE version of the evergreen Alhambra large people carrier has just gone on the market. It starts at €43,860.

A 4WD version of the Leon Sports Tourer (the X-PERIENCE) will debut in Paris in October.

SKODA

They will have the new beefed-up Octavia Scout next month or August with prices starting under the €30,000 mark for the 150bhp 2-litre TDI.

And then we will have to wait for the big arrival of the Fabia supermini early next year.

SSANGYONG

Their facelifted Korando goes on sale from the middle of next month and will have a starting price of around €24,000.

SUBARU

Their major event has been the 7spd automatic gearbox in the Outback diesel.

SUZUKI

They expect their new small car Celerio in October. The new 68bhp engine can do, they say, 88mpg. And they say there is no competitor able to beat its cargo capacity.

Standard equipment will include air con, six airbags and Bluetooth.

TOYOTA

It has just brought in a new Sol grade which has 16ins Orion alloys, driver and passenger heated front seats, sports seats with silver stitching Touch 2 multimedia system. Prices start at €22,100 for petrol and €23,995 for diesels.

That means the Avensis Luna grade is repositioned and a Sol grade has been added. Luna has 17ins alloys, rain and dusk sensors, leather alcantara seats, their multimedia system.

Toyota say it costs €2,415 less than the outgoing model (now from €28,995). Sol adds heated front seats, leather armrests and door pads (from €30,995).

The new Aygo city car with the 'X frontal' design that is striking and is big on customisation. It starts from around €12,500.

You can personalise to your heart's content; there is an X-touch multimedia with 7ins screen and mirror-link smart phone connectivity. It gets here next month.

Their face-lifted Yaris is due later in the year.

VOLKSWAGEN

Always busy with updates and new models, it kicks off with the heavily revised and much improved Polo which is due next month. It will cost from €14,995. The big seller will be the Comfortline trim and spec with the 1-litre petrol engine.

It will cost from €18,210 ex-works.

The replacement for the Golf Plus, the SV, makes its debut here next month. Prices will start from €24,100 ex-works and the main seller will be the Comfortline 1.6-litre diesel which has a starting price of €27,985.

It will be interesting to see the response to the electric Golf when it gets here next month as well.

Expect the Golf EV to cost around €30,000.

They have the latest generation Scirocco coming in November and a face-lifted Jetta shortly before that in October. No price on that yet.

Then next January we'll see the new Passat.

We've had a sneak sketch of what it will look like and details of its technology.

It won't be that much bigger on the outside but will have a fair bit more room within.

VOLVO

They seem to refresh and respect models on a weekly basis but the one we are all waiting for is the new XC90 which will be a 151-reg market motor.

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